Finding the balance between social distancing and staying healthy


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — At a time when social distancing and staying at home is encouraged, many individuals may actually be neglecting their health out of an abundance of caution. For some, this may compound health issues and create more problems for them in the future. 

“While we are grateful that the public has been heeding the advice to stay at home, which has helped to slow the spread of COVID-19, we are also finding that individuals with health issues that require treatment are not seeking care,” said Maury Regional Health Chief Medical Officer Martin Chaney, M.D. “It’s important that you consider the severity of your condition, seek medical advice from a professional and thoroughly evaluate your treatment options.” 

According to Chaney, if your injury or illness is severe enough that you would typically visit an urgent care or emergency department, you should still do so. Maury Regional Urgent Care and the Emergency Departments at Maury Regional Medical Center, Marshall Medical Center and Wayne Medical Center have instituted measures that include separating patients with respiratory symptoms from those with other injuries or illnesses, rigorous disinfecting protocols and masking staff and symptomatic patients. 

Chaney also recommends that patients with chronic conditions — including but not limited to diabetes, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure — continue to seek treatment from their physician or nurse practitioner to ensure their condition is properly managed. 

Chaney added that Maury Regional Medical Group physician practices are using the same protocols as the urgent care centers in separating patients with respiratory symptoms, masking and disinfecting. They are also offering phone and telemedicine visit options. Those interested in video visits simply need a smart phone, tablet or PC with a camera to schedule a one-on-one visit with a provider. In addition to serving existing patients, MRMG is also conducting these visits by video for new patients when possible. To schedule an appointment with a provider, visit to find your preferred practice’s phone number. 

Whether you are visiting an urgent care or physician practice, you are encouraged to call before arriving. During this call, you will be asked to share your symptoms, whether you have been previously tested for COVID-19 or been in contact with someone who has been tested and get further instructions on next steps for your visit. Those needing emergency care are also encouraged to call in advance, if feasible, and/or share any symptoms you are experiencing with the 911 operator and emergency responders. 

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